Day Minus 7 Interview

1. The name of the band Day Minus 7, is interesting to say the least and sounds as if there is a story behind it. Where did the name come from and what is the story?

A. ah the famous band name question…well the truth is, we tried for months to come up with a name for this band, until finally our manager gave us a deadline…we had 1 week(7 days) to come up with the name or else! Lol, and as we all sat there that night we knew we had the 7 days to do this…and that?s where day minus 7 came from… and it kind of stuck as the best choice.

2. Can you briefly summarize how the band formed and what you do in Day Minus 7?

A. Cliff (vocals) and Eddie (bass) worked on projects throughout their youth and teens. Cliff then moved to Cape Coral, Florida, Where he met Cody (drums) through a mutual friend. Soon after, Eddie moved down and our first band was born. The three piece, (with Cliff on guitar) played throughout Florida at local clubs, podcasts, and local radio block parties. As time passed they grew together musically. after a few years of working hard, we approached Eddie K at Red Rocket Entertainment, and he got us in the studio with producer Paul Trust (Diecast, Endo, EkoTren), who suggested Cliff put down the guitar to concentrate on singing. We decided to turn the band into a five piece so they could capture a bigger sound, So then we began the search for the right two guys. By chance Kit walked into the music store where Cliff worked and started playing guitar. Kit was in the band soon after that. Mike was part of the local music and was picked up along the way, and Day Minus 7 was born!

3. Your lyrics are infused with heavy detail and raw emotion. What is it that normally gives you inspiration when writing lyrics and is there a concept behind the writing of the EP?

A. Well without trying to sound clich?…Life, Family, Friends, Relationships.

4. You just released your new EP, how has the reactions been thus far? What can fans expect when they pick up a copy?

A. The Ep Reactions Have Been Really Good So Far, When You Pick Up The Ep we hope You’ll Be Pleased, There Is Song For Everybody, it starts out with our first single hate you, the second song alive is a grove based song with alot of melodies vocally and on guitar, Following Alive Is All I Wanted, The Emotionally Powerful Ballad That will touch the hearts of anyone. Ending The ep is the epic sucker punch to the face Never Free.

5. When it came to releasing the EP how did that whole package come together? What was the recording process like, how long did you have, was their any pressure on you?

A. Eddie our manager put us together with Paul trust, who was instantly interested in cliffs voice and the whole experience was amazing. The Recording was alot of work and we only had 2 months to do it, and there was alot pressure but the effort payed off.

6. Has anyone approached you record signingwise?

A. We are managed by Eddie at Red Rocket Entertainment, and they are currently shopping us, even though its a bit too early to talk, the response has been very positive.

7. How do you think you will effect the metal scene you are part of? What are your thoughts on the growing popularity in it as well?

A. Well hopefully the “metal heads” will also like the stuff, the idea is to appeal to a wide variety of fans beyond genera’s, and we think it?s awesome.

8. You guys are from Florida what is the local music scene like there? Any bands you’d recommend?

A. Its A Wide Varity Of Genera’s, And Bands We Would Recommend Are Ekotren, Atom Smash, Gargamel And Trough You…and honestly there are many truly talented bands in Florida!

9. Who did the artwork and title for the album, when you look on the final project, is there anything you wish you could have done differently?

A. There’s Nothing We would have done different, and our manager Eddie did the artwork, he is also a new media guy, and does great work, and we were all very happy with the results.

10. Many of your songs are so hard and intense that I am sure they translate well into a live setting taking on a whole new life in front of a live audience. How does it make you feel when the emotion and power that you envisioned in the recording studio, come to life while playing in front of a crowd?

A. Its Epic, And It?s The Best Feeling In The World, and really the reason we love doing this!

11. What are the upcoming plans for Day Minus 7?

A.

-SHOWS

-More Fans

-Record Deal(crossing our fingers)

-More Wonderful Interviews

-And Having A Good Time

12. Different groups have unique ways of writing their songs. How do you guys go about writing your music? Is it a collective effort or is it more the efforts of one particular member of the band?

A. We work with Paul Trust who is also a co-writer in the project, and basically Start With A Riff, And Add Layers…On From There, Kind of Like A Musical Sandwich.

13. Going back to the music business, what do you think of everyone downloading music, possibly even your music? Do you think it helps or hurts bands in the long run?

A. The short answer is, It Hurts Really Bad! it affects every band in every level. Its been some dark times for record labels, and we just hope they figure a way to make it fair for everyone…

14. How has MYSPACE and the internet impacted your band and do you think downloading helps or hinders the artists?

A. Myspace has been an amazing tool for bands, both new and old! Just the instant connection you can have with people is amazing, and we would not be doing this interview with you right now, if it was not for sites like myspace, facebook and others. As far as “Illegal Downloading” goes as we stated above…the truth is its killing the industry…

15. What is the toughest lesson you ever learned in the studio and on the stage?

A.

Cody: ” Don?t Play With A Broken Hi-Hat Stand”

Eddie: “Don?t Stand to close to your guitar player”

Cliff: “Take Good Care Of Your Voice”

Mike: “Don’t smile so much!”

Kit: “Watch Out For Cliff’s Antics, And No matter how hard you think your rocking out, you can always rock harder.”

16. What bands would you like to tour with and who has been your favorite to tour with this far? Any particular reason?

A. Have Not been On Tour Yet, But if you are talking “dream tours.” We Would Love To Tour With bands like Avenged Sevenfold, Nickelback and Tool.

17. Describe Day Minus 7 in three words.

A. Groovy, Dynamic And Melodic.

18. What is currently playing on your iPod or CD Player?

A. Cliff: “Fall Out Boy- 20 Dollar Nose Bleed”

Eddie: “Tool- The Pot”

Mike:”what’s an ipod? :P”

Kit:”Tool, Three Days Grace, Lamb of God, and Nickelback”

Cody:”Kayne West- Heartless”

19. If you had a chance to go back in time, where, what, and why?

A. Well as a band I think we would love to go back to the big “MTV” days late 80’s early 90’s…Everything just seemed so massive! Big hair, big stages, monster shows! Would have been fun!

20. How do you think the recession is affecting musicians like yourself? Is it at all?

A. It Effects Us Just Like It Effects Everyone. But thankfully music will always be an escape from times like these…so that always helps!

21. What’s your reaction when/if a fan told you a very meaningful statement such as “Your music changed my life?” Has this ever happened to you?

A. To us that?s just always amazing to hear, the truth is like everyone else, we have personally had those moments as fans ourselves where a band or a single cd had a major influence in our lives…so to think we can do the same for others now just blows us away!

22. Every band has its musical influences. What are some of the other bands and artists that have greatly influenced you guys and your music?

A. Tool, Deftones, A Perfect Circle, Fall Out Boy, David Boey, Kiss, Thin Lizzy, Lamb Of God, Avenged Sevenfold, Metallica, The Used.

23. All of that passion that you play with must be tough on you physically. How do you prepare for the physical demands of a tour?

A. Rehearse 5 to 7 days a week! we have yet to “Tour” as Day Minus 7 but definitely looking forward to it!

24. Is there a summer flick you just have to see?

A. Transformers 2.

25. Anything else you’d like to add?

A. We would first like to thank you for taking the time to chat with us! and also everyone who has been leaving us so many positive messages and comments on myspace and our web site! and lastly, we would love for everyone who has not checked us out yet, to give us a listen at www.myspace.com/dayminus7 <----- Plug :P

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